Epidendrum batesii Dodson 1980 GROUP Batesii

Photo by © Sebastion Moreno and The Blue Nanta Website


Drawing by © Jimenez, Hágsater & E.Santiago and The AMO Herbario Website

Common Name Bates' Epidendrum [original Collector of species]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Colombia and Ecuador in the coastal lowlands of the western slopes of the Andes at elevations around 250 to 1000 meters as a medium sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with branching, cane-like, terete, flexuous, thin stems with short branches, scarcely arising from the upper nodes of the main stem carrying 9 to 15, all along the stem, subcoriaceous, alternate, narrowly lanceolate, acute, mucronate, smooth, margin entire leaves that blooms in the summer on a terminal, erect, racemose, subsessile, peduncle very short, terete, thin, rachis nearly totally hidden by the much shorter than the ovary, triangular, acute floral bracts, successively single, 3 to 4 flowered inflorescence and carrying essentially non-resupinate, green tepals and white lipped flowers.

"Epidendrum batesii belongs to the 1980 GROUP Batesii, which is characterized by the monopodial main stem with a subapically branching habit, acute leaves, successive, essentially non-resupinate flowers, opening one at a time, deep nectary, entire to 3-lobed lip w ith the lateral lobes more or less fimbriate to erose. Epidendrum batesii has green tepals with a white 3-lobed lip with the midlobe short and truncate. It is similar to Epidendrum oxybatesii Hágsater & Dodson which has pale, yellowish green, concolorous flowers, acuminate tepals, deeply 3-lobed lip with the semiovate, dolabriform, lateral lobes narrower at the junction, crenate to laciniate margin, and an acicular midlobe. Epidendrum acrobatesii Hágsater & Dodson has smaller flowers, with sepals .44 to .48" [11 to 12 mm] long, narrower, linear-oblanceolate, single veined petals and a truncaíe, obcuneate midlobe. Epidendrum silverstonei Hágsater has oblanceolate, rounded, 3-veined petals and an entire, suborbicular, deeply cordate lip. Epidendrum farallonense Hágsater has smaller flowers and a large, rectangular, truncate midlobe of the lip. Epidendrum laceratum C. Schweinf has narrow, linear-elliptic leaves, small flowers 2-2 to 2-4" [5.5 to 6 mm] long sepals, linear-elliptic, 3-veined petals and an entire, deeply lacerate ilp with an entire, triangular-ovate, obtuse apex. Epidendrum cardiobatesii Hágsater & Dodson has oblong, subrounded leaves, sepals .2 to .64" [5 to 16 mm] long, linear-elliptic, 3-veined petals and a deeply heartshaped, apiculate lip." Hagsater etal 2007 ont color=purple>Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Plantarum Tropicarum Plate 073 Dodson 1980 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 3 Plate 332 Hagsater & Sanchez 1999 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 3 Plate 383 Hagsater 1999 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 4 Plate 402 Hagsater 2001 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 4 plate 490 Hagsater & Sanchez 2001 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 7 Plate 719 Hagsater and Sanchez 2004 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 7 Plate 771 Hagsater and Sanchez 2004 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 9 Plate 912 Hagsater & Collantes 2007 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 11 Plate 1134 Hagsater 2008 see recognition section; Orchids of the Department of Valle de Cauca Colombia Vol 2 Kolanowska, Hagsater, Ayala and Saldana 2014 drawing/photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum 15 [1] Plate 1517 Hagsater & Sanchez 2015 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 15 [2] Plate 1573 Hagsater & Sanchez 2016 see recognition section;